When the kids are all grown and are moving out of the home, many families begin to wonder if they still need all that space? There is a lot of house to clean, a lot of yard to maintain and some couples want to explore life away from the home. These empty nesters often consider downsizing as an option. Maybe you’re ready for a convenient condo, a smaller single-family home or an active 55+ community? Whatever the need, The Donnelly Group has over 50 years of experience to help make the transition to a new lifestyle easier! Here are some tips to help make the conversion to an empty nester as smooth as possible.

Downsizing means purging. Before you sell your current home, this is a must! It may be a tough pill to swallow, but when it’s time to downsize your home, it’s time to downsize your stuff. Now is the time to figure out what items should be kept, handed down, donated or tossed out. A professional organizer can be immensely helpful with this process and take a lot of the physical labor off your plate. An estate sales company can also be helpful in determining which items may have value and which ones do not.

Should we modify our current home or downsize? The million dollar question! Certainly, there are many homes that can be modified to accommodate seniors. But, even after the home is modified, is it going to be too much for you to maintain? When you retire, will you have the means to hire help to maintain the yard, cleaning and general upkeep items? Although these topics may not always be pleasant to think about, it’s important to address them before they become a bigger issue.New construction – House plans, designed specifically for empty nesters abound so, all you’ll need to get started is a lot to build on! Although the square footage of these home designs is generally smaller, they often feature practical yet luxurious space with just enough room for you and any weekend guests. A master bedroom and laundry room are usually located on the first floor with options like a garage workshop, gourmet kitchen or sunroom. These homes are also ADA compliant for scooters,

New construction – House plans, designed specifically for empty nesters abound so, all you’ll need to get started is a lot to build on! Although the square footage of these home designs is generally smaller, they often feature practical yet luxurious space with just enough room for you and any weekend guests. A master bedroom and laundry room are usually located on the first floor with options like a garage workshop, gourmet kitchen or sunroom. These homes are also ADA compliant for scooters, wheelchairs and other devices. The best part about new construction is that the floor plan can often be customized along the way, giving you all the comforts and conveniences of a home designed for aging in place.

Active Adult CommunitiesAnne Arundel County has several active adult communities that could serve as a great option for you!

The Donnelly Group has dedicated buyer and seller teams that can assist you with the entire process. Contact us today for an evaluation of your current home and to discuss options for downsizing.

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